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Public Education (Finally) Speeds into the Digital Age

Original article can be found in its entirety at the Huffington Post Education. 
What do mobile phone taxes have to do with public education? A lot.

The Importance of Culture in Amplifying Student Language Learning Online

In China, people have long held great respect for teachers. The philosopher Confucius was a distinguished scholar and teacher who believed that “education should be for all, irrespective of their social status.” If he were living in today’s world, which is dubbed the “global village,” he would probably add, “irrespective of their cultural backgrounds.”

Developing Second Language Proficiency Online

It’s the first day of school. The bell rings, the lockers slam. Students are dressed in the new clothes specially set aside for the day, and giggling and chatter fill the air. Teens scramble to claim the perfect seat, the seat they hope to claim for the year. The bell rings and the teacher is looking at twenty plus sets of eyes. Expectations are high. What are they thinking? I’m so excited to learn to write an email in Spanish.

The Pros and Cons of Digital Badging

As more opportunities for informal learning are available on the Internet, digital badging has become more prominent as it has received support from entities such as the MacArthur Foundation, Mozilla and the U.S. Department of Education. In fact, the Internet has become spackled with digital badges, so you might be wondering what digital badges really are, what purposes they serve and how they might apply to learning languages and the Middlebury Interactive approach to language acquisition.

What Students Really Think About Learning Online

After writing about what it’s like being an online teacher, I realized something was missing from the conversation: the voice of the students actually taking the digital classes.
So I polled my German language students, asking one simple question: “What do you like most about learning German online?” Participation was completely voluntary, and I was pleasantly surprised by the number of students who took the time to respond.

New Model for English Language Learners Needed in U.S. Schools

Immigration has been a hot button issue for decades and, while Washington continues to play partisan politics, local school districts are struggling to address the challenges created by the influx of these new students, most of whom come from households where English is not the primary language.

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